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Inter Milan attacker 'very excited' by Chelsea interest

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Ivan Perišić joined Inter Milan on a five-year contract at the start of the season — at a fairly reasonable €16m from Wolfsburg — and has been one of their better players in a season that initially promised so much but has slowly petered out into a lukewarm challenge on the Serie A's European spots.  While that's a slight improvement in fortunes for a club that has fallen into severe disrepair since Jose Mourinho left, adding to their on-pitch travails are possible issues in achieving FFP compliance, which was part of a settlement they reached with UEFA last season.

That apparently could mean that they will have sell a couple players, and Ivan Perišić could be one of the chosen ones.  The 27-year-old Croatian international broke onto the scene at Club Brugge, catching Borussia Dortmund's eye and joining them in 2011.  After falling out with manager Jürgen Klopp, he tried his luck at Wolfsburg for a couple seasons before heading down to Italy last summer.  Tall yet quick, Perišić has played mostly as a forward in a front-three or as a left winger for Inter this season.

"To be linked to a club like Chelsea and a manager like Antonio Conte is very exciting for Perisic. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Chelsea is a massive club so we would happily talk about it but a deal is far at this moment."

-Tonci Martic, agent; source: Goal

So obviously those aren't exactly Perišić's words, but they're close enough.  Mr. Agent appears to be wooing Chelsea (and whoever else may be listening).